SINGAPORE – A student who filmed 19 upskirt videos of women, mostly on escalators, was on Friday sentenced to 12 weeks in jail.

Tien Kiat Chong, 26, pleaded guilty earlier to a single charge of insulting women’s modesty, while another charge of possessing obscene films was taken into consideration during sentencing.

The court heard on Friday that he intends to appeal against the sentence and was offered bail of $8,000. 

He was a Singapore Management University (SMU) student at the time of the offence. An SMU spokesman told The Straits Times in March that Tien had been put on leave of absence.

ST has reached out to the university for comment.

The court heard in March when Tien was convicted that he would feel an urge to follow women in dresses and skirts and take upskirt videos of them using his mobile phone.

At about 7.15pm on Sept 4, 2019, he was travelling upwards on an escalator in Sengkang MRT station when he saw a woman wearing a denim skirt in front of him.

He placed his left foot on the step above, just below where the victim was standing, and put his phone with its camera facing up on his left knee to try to take an upskirt video, said Deputy Public Prosecutor Ng Jun Chong.

A witness saw him and alerted the station staff. When confronted, Tien denied trying to take an upskirt video of the victim.

When the station staff asked to check his phone, Tien went through the phone before handing it over.

The station staff and the witness found an upskirt video in his phone, filmed from behind a woman on an escalator.

Tien repeatedly apologised and asked them if they could forget about what happened, adding that he was still studying.

He was handed over to the police despite his pleas.

In his statement to the police, Tien denied taking any upskirt videos. He claimed he had wanted to record a video of the woman’s face but managed to capture only her “back view”.

The police later found 19 upskirt videos in his phone, taken between May 28 and Sept 4, 2019.